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Geelong’s relatively high creative industries score, coupled with a robust rate of business entries, provides a solid foundation for steady growth. paulrommer from www.shutterstock.com

Bust the regional city myths and look beyond the ‘big 5’ for a $378b return

Regional cities can be as effective at generating jobs and growth as their big five metro cousins. But they must identify and build on their strengths to be investment-ready.

There’s a city in my mind …

The annual Burning Man Festival creates a temporary city in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. In many ways, it's an innovation lab for rethinking cities.

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A fully loaded semitrailer can cause 10,000 times more damage to roads than a family car. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Trucks are destroying our roads and not picking up the repair cost

Australia should follow the lead of other nations like New Zealand and Switzerland and increase the charges for heavy vehicles on roads, proportionate to the amount of wear and tear they cause.

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Contested Spaces

People have camped in the long grass since colonisation. From this perspective, bans on the practice are a denial of Indigenous agency, culture and rights to country. Photo: K. Pollard

Contested spaces: the ‘long-grassers’, living private lives in public places

In contrast to perceptions of other homeless people sleeping rough, Darwin's "long-grassers" are applying a long cultural tradition to deal with the situation in which they find themselves.

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Urban greening

Providing green space can deliver health, social and environmental benefits for all urban residents – few other public health interventions can achieve all of this. Anne Cleary

Green space – how much is enough, and what’s the best way to deliver it?

Urban green spaces are most effective at delivering their full range of health, social and environmental benefits when physical improvement of the space is coupled with social engagement.

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